Meet the Logo30: Lauren YS

The queer visual artist is the muralist behind the #StopAsianHate campaign.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

For visual artist Lauren YS, the world is a blank canvas.

The Los Angeles-based multimedia artist and LGBTQ activist is best known for their large-scale murals, which draw on themes like sexuality, mythology, and their Asian American heritage. They’ve painted full-color works of art on walls all around the world — including the streets of L.A.’s own Chinatown, which now bears a dazzling Lauren YS original encouraging community members to “Stop Asian Hate” and “Protect Our Elders.”

As a visual artist who uses their work to educate and inspire, YS believes in the power of grassroots organizing. “Part of keeping the spirit of protest alive means continuing to distribute posters, narratives, and information about things,” they tell Logo.

Learn more about YS and the rest of our inspiring 2021 Logo30 honorees in the video below.

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